You must have seen people sun-bathing on the beaches. More the exposure to sunlight, more is the production of melanin. Owing to this melanin production, people are able to attain the perfectly “tanned” bodies they desire, but a few others, with lower concentration of this pigment, tend to develop freckles. It’s a common misconception, but “freckles” are certainly not skin disorders.
Despite them not being dangerous, people usually go under the knife to get a flawless skin. Though alternatively, you can test out the natural methods first.
Vitamin C to the Rescue:
Even though lemon is preferred by many, scientifically any citrus fruit can be used for this approach to work. Be it lemon, grape, orange, or even tomato, all of them contain citric acid, which in turn has a bleaching property. The procedure is simple. Extract the juices, apply it on the affected area using a soft brush or some cotton balls, leave undisturbed for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Adding of a pinch of salt further cleanses the skin by removing the dead cells, allowing the acid to have a deeper impact. Cutting a lemon into half and scrubbing it gently on the skin is also quite affective and will have the same results.
“Sweet” result from “Sour” milk:
Similar to using lemon juice, sour milk (or sour cream) too has a good amount of citric acid content which can do wonders in order to lighten up your skin. Additionally, the lactic acid present in milk has an inhibitory effect on tyrosinase (catalyst to the production of melanin) thus significantly reducing the formation of such small brown spots. This process must be followed up by properly moisturizing the skin, as such high doses of lactic and citric acid directly on the skin can leave it dry.
Liquid Gold, Honey:
There are just a handful of other materials that can compete with honey in terms of its antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Its gentleness on the skin and exceptional extent of antioxidants that it carries, makes it the perfect health and skin-care substance. Mixing honey with a little amount of water and dabbing it on the affected area will result in fading away of the freckles over time. When added with wheat germ, honey can be used as a face mask, so as to completely purify the skin beneath. For even better results, yogurt can be added to the honey and water mixture so that there’s an added benefit of lactic acid.
A Fruit a Day, Keeps the Freckles Away:
Papaya is considered the fruit god when it comes to skin purification. The papain enzyme present in it is great for exfoliating the skin, and is also a tyrosinase inhibitor. Mashing up papaya along with some other fruits like strawberry or kiwi (having strong bleaching properties) and layering it up as a face mask can lead to effective results.
In the end, we need to keep in mind that freckles never define ugliness. Rather, they are considered beautiful assets by many people and there’s no shame to accept it that way.